There is a massive shift of focus on the personal front this month and where July was the transition month that saw the end of a massive relationship push overlap the start of your luckiest year for love in over a decade, this is now firmly established. The first half of 2014 was game changing for your relationships, with the kind of pressures and tension that really shook things up in a way that they haven't been in years, if ever, yet in a way that your relationships will continue to benefit from, for years to come. The love gods won't let relationship matters slide, with Ceres here until the 7th August to help redefine your relationship expectations, with resources in play that will keep the momentum going. However, there has been a massive shift in focus, with lucky Jupiter's first full month in your romantic sector representing the start of a new era, something the solar system is throwing its full weight behind. While the Sun will always spend the first 3 weeks of August in your romantic sector, with lucky Jupiter on board for the first time since 2003 this is the start of something special. Things will really get exciting when Venus, planet of love returns on the 12th August, with her alignment with Jupiter on the 18th/19th August and the days extending out either side, not only some of the luckiest days for love, romance and matters of the heart, of the month or even the year, but in over a decade. Something magical is unfolding and it's about time.
The love gods are extremely active this month and for a change it's not just on the relationship front, with matters of the heart and the spirit of romance finally getting a look in. This was always going to be a turnaround month for relationship matters, thanks to Saturn's direct turn in your relationship sector on the 21st July, followed by Mars' return just 5 days later. You've had plenty of time to deal with old issues during Saturn's 5 month retrograde phase, with Mars spending the whole month firing up your passions and fighting spirit, giving you the power to turn any situation around. The real change comes when Ceres, dwarf planet and goddess of the solar system returns to your relationship sector on the 7th August, a move that is likely to be game changing. For while Saturn is looking at what your relationships need from you, Ceres returns to ask what you need from your relationships, giving you a much better sense of what you're fighting for. While your relationships have enjoyed or at times endured continuous planetary support since late 2012, the spirit of romance and matters of the heart get their first break this year, when Mercury returns to your romantic sector on the 16th August, a week before the Sun's return on the 23rd August. This won't take the focus off your relationships but it will add a more romantic component, with the real advantages likely to be felt next month when Venus, planet of love returns.
While Mars left your romantic sector last month, ending his longest visit in 3 decades, the planet of passion and the warrior planet of the cosmos didn't spend nearly 8 months firing up your romantic passions and fighting spirit only to see this die down overnight, or anytime soon. Chances are this has forever changed your romantic expectations and what you want, need and expect from love, leaving you with a clear sense of what you're fighting for. In the early days of the month Ceres, dwarf planet and goddess of the solar system, who returned last November for what should have been a 2 month visit, is wrapping up her extraordinary stay as well, one that was the force behind establishing what you're fighting for. This makes the early days of the month looking at what you need and want from love, knowing that even after Ceres moves on the love gods will remain on the job, keeping the momentum going and a tailwind in effect. It's from Ceres' departure that you have a chance to step back and let things play out, knowing that next month even more resources will come along, keeping the romantic theme in motion. The Moon will visit your romantic sector in the early and later days of the month, bookending the month with a lot of romantic sentiment. It's the days around the 5th August to the 8th August that you'll have a chance to give your relationships some much needed attention.
August is not usually a particularly romantically charged month and with Pluto always in retrograde motion in your relationship sector at this time of year, the love gods are usually noticeable by their absence. This year this is far from the case, with Saturn not only spending his first full month in direct motion in your romantic sector but some extra special help to spice things up and get things moving. It was Mars, planet of passion and the warrior planet of the cosmos' return to your romantic sector on the 26th July, for the first time since October 2012 that has not only fired up your romantic passions and fighting spirit, but just as the tide turned. With Saturn in retrograde motion in your romantic sector for the last 5 months you've had plenty of time to wander down love's memory lane and to recognise in hindsight what's important and what isn't, but in particular where you need to take responsibility. The biggest impact this month comes from a planet so small that she is designated a dwarf planet, yet the impact is destined to be game changing. It's on the 7th August that Ceres, dwarf planet and goddess of the solar system returns to your romantic sector, teaming up with Saturn and Mars, on a mission to establish what you're fighting for and what you need and want from love. In the meantime, conditions on the relationship front improve dramatically this month, with old tensions not only falling away but support to get the communication lines open, while the doors are still open to the past and second chances.
Your world, your reality and everything you can expect from the future changed last month when Jupiter returned to your sign, not only kicking off your most expansive and opportune year in over a decade, but opening the door to a new 12 year Jupiter cycle of expansion, creating an opportunity for a fresh start and major new beginnings across the board. This will have an influence on what is happening on the romantic and relationship fronts this month and as with everything else in your life, has to be seen in the context that this is an opportunity for a fresh start. To begin with it's the past that will still have your heart's attention with Venus, planet of love's nostalgic trip down love's memory lane not ending until she returns to your sign on the 12th August. That's when Venus will encounter lucky Jupiter here for the first time in over a decade, making the new doors she opens a lot more dramatic. As far as your heart is concerned, the 12th August is the time when old doors close and you need to be ready to move on, coincidently just a day after what could be a game changing Full Moon in your relationship sector, on the 11th August. You will always have a Full Moon in your relationship sector at some point during your birthday month and always at the least active point of the year for relationship matters. At a time when you're embracing a major new life chapter and journey, this is a chance to review how your relationships fit into this, forcing them to change and adapt.
With Pluto in retrograde motion in your romantic sector and Neptune and Chiron in retrograde motion in your relationship sector, there is a huge amount of focus on the past and it will not only stay that way all month, it will actually deepen as the month progresses, especially on the romantic front. Pluto, in your romantic sector until 2024 and Neptune, in your relationship sector until 2026, will always be in retrograde motion at that time of year, bringing you a review phase on both fronts, a chance to look back, appreciate in hindsight what you didn't before and to address the past. It's on the romantic front that a sense of romantic nostalgia is going to deepen, not just because Pluto is slowing down ahead of his direct turn next month but because on the 12th August Venus, planet of love will return to a reflective part of your chart, where she'll spend the next 24 days taking your heart on a nostalgic trip down love's memory lane. It's Venus' return to your sign and Pluto's direct turn next month that will signal a real romantic turnaround, but it's the past that still has you ensnared, but in an increasingly pleasant way. It's on the relationship front that there could be a few challenges this month, especially once Mercury returns to your sign on the 16th August and the Sun on the 23rd August. This is simply the start of a new solar year giving you a chance to look at your own needs, which will highlight any balance issues, making keeping the communication lines open essential.
There is no denying that even the best of relationships will have been put to the test over the last 12 months, but already conditions are literally getting better by the day. It was last month that one by one the different pressures on your relationship started moving aside, but it was Jupiter's return to a social and serendipitous part of your chart that was the real game changer, kicking off what is destined to be an important year for friendship and relationship building. This comes just as Uranus, long term resident in your relationship sector and the planet that will regulate your relationship experiences until he leaves in 2019, is spending his first full month in retrograde motion in your relationship sector, with a chance to mend old bridges, understand the journey so far and set the scene for second chances. Adding to the support your relationships are receiving will be Venus, planet of love's return to a social and serendipitous part of your chart on the 12th July, where she'll trigger the laws of attraction and synchronicity, setting the scene for some serendipitous moments or encounters. It's just a day before that a Full Moon in your romantic sector, on the 11th August, will bring some much needed romantic influence into play and may even spark a sense of rebellion. This is a Lovers Moon, with a chance for the spirit of romance and matters of the heart to have their voice, while providing some much needed wakeup calls.
With all the planetary activity in your relationship sector for the year having wrapped up in late June and the only other real wakeup calls of any substance not coming until the Full Moon that will always fall here during your birthday month, keeping things on track is your responsibility. You're at a point in the year where you should know by now what you want from your relationships and what they need from you, but it's the fortunes of Pluto, your ruling planet that will lend a hand this month. Spending his last full month in retrograde motion in your communication sector Pluto has finally shed the challenges and roadblocks that have dogged him and your communications so far this year, with conditions improving so much this month that a real breakthrough is possible, something that your relationships will benefit from. At the same time, with Neptune and Chiron both in retrograde motion in your romantic sector there is a chance to tap into a sense of romantic nostalgia, with the doors open to second chances. With a lot of what's happening on the romantic and relationship fronts happening behind the scenes, there is a lot more focus on Venus, planet of love. Until the 12th August Venus is evoking a desire for more romantic adventure, while at the same time reminding you that it's all about the journey. From the 12th August expect your heart to become more determined.
When Venus, planet of love left your relationship sector last month she wrapped up all the planetary activity for the year, but not before leaving you with a clear sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you, developed over the previous months as both the Sun and Mercury moved through. In a month where the love gods have already turned their attention to romantic matters and it will stay that way for the rest of the year, key to keeping your relationships on track this month is the Moon. It's a Full Moon in your communication sector, on the 11th August that creates the potential for a communication breakthrough, something that is essential for keeping your relationships on track. At the same time the Moon's visit to your relationship sector from the 18th August to the 20th August will evoke the kind of emotional and intuitive responses that will give your relationships a voice. However, it's on the romantic front that something special is developing and not just because Uranus, spending his first full month in retrograde motion in your romantic sector, has ditched the pressure he had been under all year. It was Jupiter's return to an adventurous part of your chart last month and Venus, planet of love's return on the 12th August that puts them at an auspicious aspect to Uranus, injecting a new sense of romantic nostalgia with a sense of adventure, just as the doors have opened to second chances and an opportunity to take a nostalgic trip down love's memory lane.
While there is no doubt that you've had more than your fair share of relationship challenges and personal and/or relationship tension this year, this is something that began dropping back dramatically last month and in the early days of August is all but over. It was the extraordinary amount of planetary activity in your relationship sector since as far back as April 2013 that put a lot of pressure on Pluto in your sign, creating the kind of oppositions that brought personal and/or relationship tensions to a head over and over. The last opposition was between Venus, planet of love and Pluto on the 28th July, ending just days before you move into August and while it may have looked and felt like every other challenge, time will reveal that this really was the last hurdle. Yet these wakeup calls are all because the bar is being raised on the relationship front, which your own personal needs are unprepared to roll over for, which is what you want. You need to have a balance between your personal and relationship needs and authenticity on both fronts and this is the legacy that you have now inherited and will continue to benefit you and your relationships for months, if not years to come. Venus won't leave your relationship sector until the 12th August, staying on to tie up loose ends before leaving you with a clear sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you. With Mercury, planet of communication leaving your romantic sector on the 1st August, having the communication lines open from the get go has to be a priority.
With the Sun always spending the first 3 weeks of August in your relationship sector this is always going to be a time of year when the spotlight is on your relationships, however not in the way and the degree that you're experiencing this year. On the 16th July lucky Jupiter returned to your relationship sector for the first time since 2003, opening the door to your most important and defining relationship year in over a decade, one that won't run its course until August 2015 and whose first full month overlaps your annual relationship review. This is putting an extraordinary amount of focus on relationships, after having received little or no support before now, turning the tide completely in just a matter of weeks. At the same time this creates two layers to what's happening on the relationship front, with the Sun and Mercury, when he returns on the 1st August, taking care of the relationship housekeeping that takes place at this time every year, while at the same time that Jupiter is looking at the big picture and the long term, bringing a new sense of what's possible. The first sign that you really do have luck on your side is the timing of Venus' return on the 12th August, with the planet of love getting on board the day after a Full Moon on the 11th August is set to bring any personal and/or relationship tensions to a head and especially if there are any balance issues. At the start of a major new relationship push, this will see your needs fight back, determined not to lose sight of your own needs and individuality.
You have a month of two halves on your hands, with a lot of romantic focus in the early days of the month and the focus shifting to your relationships midmonth, with a need to keep these as separate as possible, with any cross contamination going one way, letting romantic influence flow into your relationships. Once Mercury leaves your romantic sector on the 1st August Venus, planet of love will be on her own and due to leave on the 12th August, she's charged with bringing an extraordinary chapter home, one that began in April 2013, wrapping up all the planetary activity for the year. There is no better planet qualified for the job, making the first 12 days some of the most important for embracing the spirit of romance, along with the desires and expectations she's working to leave you with. This might be easier said than done, as this happens during what are likely to be the busiest days of the year to date on the work front, making finding a balance between work and play essential. This is when you need to keep relationship matters at bay, knowing it will be their turn later and that you don't need their reality checks during this time. It's on the 16th August, 4 days after Venus leaves your romantic sector and wraps up all the planetary activity that Mercury, planet of communication will return to your relationship sector, followed a week later by the Sun on the 23rd August and this time you want to hold onto as much of the romantic sentiment that Venus left you with as possible. For this is when things become more real, with wakeup calls and relationship housekeeping to take care of.